15 facts about Wang Yuan

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Wang Yuan (simplified Chinese: 王渊; traditional Chinese: 王淵; pinyin: Wáng Yuān; Wade–Giles: Wang Yüan); was a Chinese landscape painter during the Yuan Dynasty (1271–1368). His specific dates of birth and death are not known.

Wang was born in Qian Tang (钱塘, modern day Hangzhou in the Zhejiang province). His style herald was ‘Ruoshui’ (若水) and his nom de plume was ‘Danxuan’ (澹轩). Wang imitated Guo Xi for landscapes, Huang Quan for bird-and-flower paintings, and Tang Ren for human figures. He trained below Zhao Mengfu taking into consideration most of his works dating on the order of 1340. He utilized a minute and brilliant style in anything his works.

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